Children and Youth

UUCS Religious Education

For children and youth, from infants through high school
Sybil Argintar, Director of Religious Education at dre@uucs.org

Remembering Who We Are: Our Guiding Principles (Adult version)

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within. our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Remembering Who We Are: Our Guiding Principles (Children/Youth version)

  1. We believe each and every person is important;
  2. We believe all people should be treated fairly;
  3. In our congregations, all people are accepted and learn together;
  4. We believe each person is free to search for what is true and right in life;
  5. Everyone deserves a vote about the things that concern them;
  6. We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world;
  7. We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.

Weekly Religious Education for All Ages

RE Connections for the week of January 23

RE for Sunday, January 29

This week is “Sunday Funday” for all ages.  Wear your jammies if you dare (there will be some adults wearing them for sure).  We’ll have some craft projects set up, some games, and just enjoy being together.  Following class, we’ll join the adults down in Wilde Hall for “Bubbles and Cake” to kick off the annual pledge campaign.  

Infant – 4K:  Cooperative Play Time with Randi and Katy
5K – 3rd:  Sunday Funday!!
4th – 6th:  Sunday Funday!!
7th – 12th:  Sunday Funday!!

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, February 11—Parent/Guardian Night In, 3:00-7:00 pm

You can still sign up here to sign up for our February Parent/Guardian Night In. Please sign up no later than February 7. It will help us plan for how many children to expect and how many childcare workers we will need. If you haven’t been part of these before, please join in! This will give parents/guardians some time to socialize that you don’t have on busy Sunday mornings! Children will be upstairs with activities, dinner, and a movie.

Also, if you want to come a bit early, you can participate in the Fellowship Hall with the Jeopardy program going on that same day from 3:00-5:00 pm. For more information on that, please contact Clare Van Sant.

Sunday, February 12—Parent Enrichment Group will not continue as planned.  If there is more interest at another time we may start this up again.  Thanks to all who participated!

Sunday, February 19—Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Workshop 12:30-3:00 p.m.

There’s still time to sign up!!

This workshop will focus on awareness of child/youth abuse situations, mandatory reporting laws, and ways we can help families cope in these situations.  Click here to register by February 7!

This is open to all teachers, assistants, parents, guardians, and church members. The cost is $10 per person to cover the cost of materials. Bring a potluck dish to share.

April 28 – 30-—The Mountain weekend: Registration is now open. Follow this link to learn more about The Mountain and to register.  Paper registration forms are available by reaching out to Anne. Scholarships are available, so don’t hesitate to ask Scott or Sybil if needed.

Highlights from RE Connections for All Ages:

General Spiritual Resources and Readings for Families
30 Days of Love 2023
This week’s theme: Embodiment: LGBTQIA+, Gender & Reproductive Justice
Follow the link above to the postings for the week.

Lessons for Home Schooling or School Projects
Holocaust Remembrance Day Lesson Plans

 

Fall Classes

Curricula for the 2022 – 2023 school year will focus on an in-depth look at the UU principles and how they can be applied in the everyday world around us.

Description of Curriculums:

Infant through 4K (Room 2)
Class time will include stories and free play time, provided by our childcare staff every Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

5K to Third Grades (Room 3 and 5)
Picture Book Unitarian Universalism (Fall)
Focusing on the First through Sixth principles, this program includes a wide array of stories related to our principles, followed by weekly discussions and hands-on activities.

World of Wonder (Spring)
Founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development, this program delves deeply into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery.

Fourth to Sixth Grades (Room 4)
Toolbox of Faith (Fall)
What tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? Children discover what aspects of UU faith are helpful to them, developing a toolbox of faith.  Literally, different tools represent the principals; stories, songs, and hands-on activities round out this curriculum’s offerings.

Love Connects Us (Spring) —for those not taking OWL
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Human Sexuality (Spring—Room 6)
Parent/guardian permission is required to attend this class, part of the OWL program.  Classes will focus upon body image, issues of puberty, sexuality in the media, healthy relationships, gender, and respect for others. Taught by trained OWL facilitators.

Seventh to Twelfth Grades (Room 7)
Youth will meet on the first and third Sundays of each month

On all other Sundays, youth may attend services or participate in social justice work.  Youth may also choose to participate in choir or other church committees at any time.

First Sundays: Youth Group and This I Believe
On these Sundays, the youth will gather for discussions, covenant, and work towards writing This I Believe statements.

Third Sundays:  Building Bridges
Building Bridges is a world religions program designed to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search as we learn about many of the world’s major and non-mainstream religious beliefs.

Once per month, the youth will meet after church for social time and lunch, on or off campus.  As the year evolves, this may include additional work on the wall mural in Room 7 or service projects of interest.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) for 7th—9th Grades may be available in conjunction with the Greenville UU Fellowship.  Please let Sybil know if your youth is interested in participating.

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